Rockingham Glazed "Distin Family Band" Pottery Watercooler, attributed to E.& W. Bennett, Baltimore, modeled by Charles Coxon, 1850, eight-sided vessel with molded columns flanking figures with instruments on a masonry foundation, the bottom inscribed 1850 and with ball-shaped indentations for mounting on a stand, (chips, cracks), ht. 16, dia. 13 in.
Literature: "Fancy Rockingham" Pottery: The Modeller and Ceramics in Nineteenth-Century America, by Diana Stradling, University of Richmond Museums, 2005, pp. 78-79. Stradling writes, "only two 'Distin Family Band' water urns are known to exist and both are incised with the year 1850 on the bottom." The other is reportedly at the Maryland Historical Society.
Note: John Distin and his four sons were a group of traveling British musicians who helped foster a market for manufactured brass instruments and published music.
Rim chips:2 1/8 x 1/2, 1/2 x 1/2, a few very small, about sixteen small ships on column, 2 x 3/4 chip/loss on base corner, two base cracks 3 1/2, 9 1/2 in. lg.